Press On To Maturity

Text: Hebrews 6:1-2

The Hebrew writer wanted to teach them about the correlation between Christ and Melchizedek, but at this time, the Hebrew brethren were not ready for this type of instruction. So they are told to “press on to maturity.” How do we “press on to maturity” today?

Must Start with the Right Foundation

  • Jesus taught that a house without the proper foundation would not stand (Matthew 7:24-27) – that foundation was the word of Christ; divine truth
  • The Hebrew writer stated that their foundation was divine truth – repentance (turn from sin & every way that is contrary to way of Christ), faith (obedient trust in God), washings (baptism), laying on of hands (work of Holy Spirit), resurrection (hope after death), judgment (final & eternal)
  • If we do not have the right foundation, we will only mature in doing evil

We Must Build Upon that Foundation

  • It is expected that every Christian will have room for growth (1 Peter 2:1-2)
  • As time passes, we must grow (Hebrews 5:12) – through practice we train our senses (Hebrews 5:14)
  • We must leave elementary principles, not by forsaking them, but by building upon them (2 Peter 3:18)
  • Maturity makes us less susceptible to every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:13-14)

Failing to Build Puts Us in Jeopardy

  • Those who become stagnant in the faith are in danger of falling away (Ephesians 4:14)
  • The state of the unfaithful Christian is worse than that of the non-Christian (2 Peter 2:20-22) – Why? … “It is impossible to renew them again to repentance” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
  • If we’re not actively following Christ (which naturally leads to growth – Hebrews 5:14), we’re against Him (Matthew 12:30)

Every Christian is Capable of Pressing On to Maturity

  • It was not true that some would grow while others could not grow – the Hebrew writer was “convinced of better things” for these Christians (Hebrews 6:9)
  • How can we grow & press on to maturity? – continue the work you are doing in service to God (Hebrews 6:10); be diligent until the end (Hebrews 6:11); do not be sluggish, but imitate the faithful (Hebrews 6:12); and of course, do not become dull of hearing (Hebrews 5:11-12)

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